ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II - 37010743

Employer
State of Florida
Location
West Palm Beach, Florida, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jun 05, 2021
Closes
Jun 16, 2021
Ref
2229715071
Sector
Government
Discipline
Other
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Requisition No: 392563

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II - 37010743

Position Number: 37010743

Salary: $44,319.00

Posting Closing Date: 06/14/2021

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II

Duties and Responsibilities

In carrying out the duties of this position, the incumbent is expected at all times to be aware of and abide by the Department's Standards of Conduct, as well as any and all departmental and/or work unit rules, directives, policies, procedures, and/or general orders applicable to performing the duties of this position. If position is supervisory, incumbent is also expected to actively support and work toward fulfilling the Agency's Affirmative Action objectives.

This is a second level intermediate position within the District's Compliance Assurance Program responsible for the completion of a range of assignments independently under limited supervision. The work requires applying a scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized nature in a wide range of applications. The incumbent responds to hazardous material and petroleum release emergencies that threaten the environment or the public health and safety.

Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

Essential Criteria:
  • Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques of the physical or natural sciences.
  • Ability to collect, evaluate, analyze and interpret scientific or technical data.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to multiple environmental programs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to work in a team or independently.
  • Ability to prepare technical and programmatic reports.
  • Ability to understand and follow legislative policy direction as established in Florida Statutes.
  • Ability to deal with the public in tactful and courteous manner
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and professional working relationship with others.
  • Ability to problem solve, work in high stress situations, manage conflict and negotiate mutually acceptable outcomes across multiple disciplines
  • Ability to perform field inspections including climb ladders and stairs, walk on slopes, lift and carry 40 pounds over a distance up to 100 yards.
  • Ability to use safety equipment, work in various levels of personal protection equipment (PPE) up to and including Level A, and completion of 40-hour HAZWOPER course.
  • Ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time in temperatures and weather conditions typical of South Florida.
  • Skilled in the use of personal computers, computer programs, spreadsheets, industry database applications and various electronic devices.
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver's license and travel overnight when required.
  • Ability to conduct and complete work assignments without close supervision.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and professional working relationship with others.
  • Ability to problem solve, work in high stress situations, manage conflict and negotiate mutually acceptable outcomes across multiple disciplines
  • Ability
    Preferred Criteria

    Skilled in responding to hazardous materials or petroleum related incidents

    Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):
    • Valid driver's license
    • Bachelor's degree in natural, physical or criminal science, criminal justice or public health and safety


    Other job-related requirements for this position:

    • Be approved for Motor Vehicles and Watercraft Assignment and Utilization as required in DEP Directive 620.
    • Travel as deemed necessary by management.
    • Completion of OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER and refresher annually thereafter.
    • Participate in Medical Monitoring.
    • On-Call Emergency Response.
    • Working hours: (A) Daily from 8:00to 5:00 (B) Total hours in workweek 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.) MAY VARY WITH FLEX TIME


    Incident Response
    • Responds to reported hazardous materials or petroleum related incidents which require Department assistance or oversight. Works to ensure environmental emergencies are stabilized and remediated.
    • Ensures incident responses are done in accordance with Department/District guidelines and that resources are utilized responsibly.
    • Manages Emergency Services Contracts and monitors Office of Emergency Response (OER) contractor responses.
    • Monitors Responsible Parties' contractor actions for appropriate response for environmental protection.
    • Coordinates with other parties or agencies when cooperative effort is required to resolve the emergency.
    • When immediate response is required, responds within reasonable timeframe, pending circumstances.
    • Determines when it is necessary for the Department to take over an incident and manages the Department's contractor.
    • Ensures all safety procedures are followed, required paperwork is completed and ensures proper labeling, packaging, placarding, and completion of required shipping documents/manifests as required by USDOT regulations.
    • Reviews and signs hazardous waste manifests on behalf of the Department in compliance with RCRA.
    • Reviews hazardous waste profiles for accuracy according to analytical results and in compliance with RCRA.
    • Participates in case development and collection of materials for forensic sampling.
    • Conducts Natural Resource Damage Assessments (NRDA) as required following the discharge of pollutants as required by F.S. 376.121.
    • Manages waste generated by OER contractor responses in accordance with applicable rules.
    • Performs on-call duties as assigned on a 24 hour a day basis.
    • Provides incident response training to other OER staff

    Training
    • Participates in, develops and/or leads training for staff's development within the District's OER program. This includes, but is not limited to safety events, job shadowing, on the job training, creating, maintaining and updating training resources, and team building initiatives as directed by management.[DS1]
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    • Participates in and is a self-advocate for training, and partners with appropriate district staff to learn about multiple DEP program areas.


    Report Processing
    • Simultaneously tracks and maintains awareness of the completion progress of multiple responses, some of which last up to 90 days.
    • Maintains documentation/evidence and verbal and/or electronic communication with representatives from each incident overseeing and documenting remediation actions.
    • Produces timely and accurate documentation of incident responses, file reviews, inspections, site visits, or field work. Enters documentation, compliance data and resolution actions into the designated database. Receives, reviews, and processes submitted reports, tests, and notices for regulated facilities for accuracy, time.
    • Reviews required reports, test reports, and notices for regulated facilities. Ensures the reviews are accurate, completed timely and entered in the designated database. Reports are to be processed in accordance with established program rules, requirements, and policies.
    • Provides database and report processing training for staff.
    • Assist with other documentation updates, input reports, etc. as assigned by manager.

    Performs other duties as assigned by management, including but not limited to:
    • Handles citizen complaints and responds in prompt and effective manner.
    • Assist with managing inventory of equipment, ordering equipment, maintaining required documentation for LQG status, maintaining calibration logs, equipment maintenance, etc., as assigned by manager.
    • Handles citizen complaints and responds in prompt and effective manner.
    • Assists with performing preventative maintenance on all responder equipment.
    • Helps maintain inventory of all responder equipment, keeping track of quantity and location of all consumable and non-consumable items.
    • Helps maintain OER shed organized and in good working order and ensures storage of hazardous waste generated from incident responses at shed location is managed in accordance with RCRA requirements.
    • Assists with completion of tasks that will help the OER team as a whole in accomplishing its objectives and responsibilities as needed.


    NOTE: "As a member of Emergency Response, the incumbent may be required to enter a hot zone for the purpose of collecting criminal evidence and/or ensuring proper disposal of various chemicals, hazardous materials and petroleum products. Incumbent will be required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for such responses up to and including Level A."

    DEP offers an excellent array of benefits, including:
    • Health insurance for individual or family (HMO and PPO options with premiums starting as low as $50 per month)
    • Life insurance
    • Dental, vision and supplemental insurance
    • Retirement benefits
    • Vacation and sick leave
    • Paid holidays
    • Opportunities for career advancement
    • Tuition waiver for state university and Florida College System courses
    • Training opportunities
    • Tax deferred medical and childcare reimbursement accounts


    The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

    Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

    The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans' Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

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